Chicago Post-Conviction Relief Attorney

Just because you were convicted of a crime doesn’t mean that your conviction must forever haunt employment background checks, stop you from becoming a U.S. citizen or remain a deportation threat.

There is no reason to let a youthful mistake, misunderstanding, past criminal record—or especially a criminal identity theft—be a barrier to future opportunities. Many options of post-conviction relief are available to help you, even after you have served time, finished probation, or paid your fines. Relief is critical for clearing the records of victims of criminal identity theft.

Through post-conviction proceedings, the Law Offices of Jonathan Minkus can attempt to lessen the negative consequences of having been convicted of a crime. Your background may be used against you in rental matters, employment and education opportunities, by Immigration and Naturalization—and even socially.

Contact us at (847) 966-0300 for a FREE, confidential, initial consultation.

Why Post-Conviction Relief?

Assault Attorney Skokie

Criminal charges for assault can stem from many different scenarios. One thing that all assault charges have in common, however, is that they should be taken very seriously. If you are accused of assault under any circumstances in the Skokie area, you need the defense representation of an assault attorney in Skokie right away. 

Assault and Battery Charges in Skokie, Illinois

While assault and battery are associated with one another, they are two different criminal charges. Battery involves provoking or offensive contact or contact that causes bodily injury to someone else. On the other hand, no physical contact is necessary to face assault charges.

Instead, assault involves intentional conduct that causes someone else to reasonably fear impending violence and harm. Threatening words alone are not enough to constitute assault, as such words must be accompanied by a physical act that indicates violence is imminent. Physical acts alone without words are enough to constitute assault. 

Simple vs. Aggravated Assault

Simple assault is the basic assault charge in Illinois, and it could apply to showing fists and threatening to punch someone or similar circumstances. Simple assault is charged as a Class C misdemeanor, and someone could face the following penalties for a conviction

More serious allegations can lead to aggravated assault charges, including possessing a deadly weapon, trying to conceal your identity, or assault with a motor vehicle, such as driving toward someone, so they fear you will hit them. Aggravated assault can also be based on certain locations (such as sports arenas or places of worship) or the identity of the victim (such as law enforcement officers, first responders, teachers, senior citizens, and more). 

Aggravated assault might be charged as a Class A misdemeanor, Class 4 felony, or Class 3 felony, depending on the circumstances. If you are accused of discharging a deadly weapon in the course of an assault, you will likely face Class 3 felony charges. Possible penalties for a conviction include:

There can also be additional penalties or mandatory minimums if the assault took place against a household member with a child as a witness. 

Defending Against Assault Charges

As you can see, the penalties for assault can be harsh, and it is important to have the strongest possible defense. Self-defense is a common challenge to assault charges, and this is a complex defense to present. In addition, if a prosecutor wrongfully charges you with battery (which has harsher consequences), you want an attorney who knows how to ensure you are not convicted of wrongful charges. 

Speak with an Assault Attorney in Skokie as Soon as Possible

If you are arrested or charged with assault, you want the help of an assault attorney in Skokie from the Law Offices Of Jonathan Minkus. Please contact us to learn how we can help defend against these serious charges. 

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Senior Partner Jonathan Minkus has successfully defended individuals charged with every conceivable criminal offense, from traffic misdemeanors to death-penalty eligible homicides.

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